Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Darussalam Fun 50

In April last year, while we were having lunch with a friend midway through our LSD, at Restaurant Darussalam in Presint 14, Putrajaya; we hatched a plan to do an easy, walking pace 50K LSD.

The friend wanted to do a 100K in November that year and both Hubby and I told him he could get by just by walking at a certain pace so that the risk of DNF (did not finish) would be low for him.

We never get to do it with him, as he left us suddenly in August but Hubby and I felt that we should do it to complete an unfinished business and specially for our friend and after much delay, we did it last Sunday.
The first 40K. We started from Taman Seri Empangan, walked towards Presint 14 and reached the halfway (25K) mark at Restoran Darussalam where we stopped to have lunch and top-up on our drinks, went to Taman Botani before heading to the Core Island.
The balance 10.20K from Umai Cafe (we stopped and re-started the watch at Umai Cafe because our GPS watch battery was running low. But thankfully, it continued reading our distance until we were back to Taman Seri Empangan).

I had a bit of an issue with my right ankle just as we came out from Taman Botani, so it was painful to continue our walk. Hubby asked whether I was OK to continue and I told him, we just needed to slow down. So from an average pace of 12min/km (inclusive of rest stops) it turned to a 14-15min/km pace.

We wanted and needed to finish our 50K as otherwise, we need to this again to settle our "hutang" and I was glad we did.

Our walk was nice. We bumped into a number of friends and they were nice enough to wave and shout-out encouragements to us. Hubby even met his ex-colleague along the way. ^^

So yeah, it was fun doing the 50K walk last Sunday.

Edit :
Someone complained that it was no fun without any photos that we took along the way, so here it is...
Started our walk from Taman Seri Empangan at 8:05am.
Approaching 21K mark. We had to enter Taman Rimba Alam from this section as the entry point beside the horse stable is already closed-off.

We stopped at the Taman Rimba Alam rest area for a toilet stop and refreshed ourselves before continuing on.
Got To Restaurant Darussalam in Presint 14 at 25K mark and in about 5 hours of walking.

It was time for lunch!
After lunch and restocking our drinks from KK Mart (they're having promo price for some drinks such as Karta Coconut water), we headed off to Taman Botani and managed another 5K making it a total of 30K at that point.

After making a 5K loop around Taman Botani, we made our way towards the Core Island.
Getting to 40K mark and we got time for some horse-playing at this kiddie pool. No one was there so we got the pool all to ourselves. Hihihi
45K mark. Hubby met an ex-colleague and had a chat.

I was tempted to sleep while waiting for him. LOL
Finally, at 7:34pm, we finished our 50K (it was 50.20K actually).

It took longer than expected due to my right ankle but I was glad I soldiered on and I was glad that by taking it really, really easy I didn't make the ankle injury worse.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Sukiya vs Yoshinoya

Two beef bowls (gyudon) from two Japanese chains now available here in Malaysia.

Which one is your favourite?
Yoshinoya here adopts the style of a Sanuki udon joint, Hanamaru which it shares dining space with. Different from what one would experience if one enters a Yoshinoya in Japan but make sense here since Hanamaru is a subsidiary of Yoshinoya, after all. 
Sukiya here on the other hand, has pretty similar operation style as the one in the home country, Japan.

Thumbs up to their energetic, attentive staff at IOI Mall Putrajaya. 

I ate the gyudons during one weekend. Went to Yoshinoya on Saturday for lunch and had gyudon from Sukiya for dinner on Sunday.

I like them both, but I like Sukiya's better. 

Once upon a time, when the quality of the "old" Yoshinoya annoyed me (that was back in 2004 or 2005; I used to cook my own gyudon for my family as it is not hard to cook it at all.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Gua Jinjang Pelamin (Twin Pillars Cave) In Merapoh

For the last week of January, Hubby and I joined the Running Project Team on their trip to Merapoh in Kuala Lipis, Pahang.

On Saturday, we followed the team to recce part of the 100K section of their upcoming race in July which is The Magnificent Merapoh Trail. (blog post here).

The next day, on Sunday, the team went caving to Gua Jinjang Pelamin.
Everyone aboard the four-wheel drive and ready for our caving trip, lead by our guide Seni (I forgot his full name). ^^!
To get to the mouth of the cave, we did a bit of climb first. The guide went up first and later secured a rope for us to use to safely climb up.
The view outside, from the mouth of the cave.

Spectacular, isn't it?

But close by, there were developments for a highway that is being built, so the area won't be pristine for long.
The front chamber before we went further inside.
Our guide informed us that Gua Jinjang Pelamin has the second biggest chamber amongst all the caves in Merapoh that has been explored. There are approximately 500 caves in Merapoh but less than 100 has been explored.

Efforts are made not only to explore and document the caves but also to preserve them for future generations.

The caves are located outside the jurisdiction and protection of Taman Negara so the locals here are working hard to stop the plan for a cement plan to be built here.
As we went further inside, the path got more challenging.
The were ropes to climb (up and down), guano (bat poo) to walk through and a river to cross too.

Gua Jinjang Pelamin falls under the moderate category for difficulty to access so even beginners to caving can enjoy it.

We had to be careful when we tread, not only to avoid touching the living stalactite (to avoid "killing" it), there are scorpions and bats to contend with too.
Photo credit : Fateha
The piece de resistance : the twin pillars that is the "Jinjang Pelamin".

It was a fun new experience for me and hubby. An eye-opening experience too.

Again, thank you team Running Project for the experience.

And all the genereous "makan". ^^

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Everyday Is Laundry Day, With Envirohome

There is only the three of us in our household. Me, hubby and Son. But despite the small size of our family, we do our laundry often. 

Well, for one - I have sweaty clothes everyday as I hit the gym or run almost daily. Not to mention those mucky clothes when I hit the trails. Then of course the usual work clothes, school clothes, casual clothes... 

I'm always on the lookout for good products that are safe, non-toxic, effective to fight those stubborn stains yet friendly to me, my family, the environment and also economical. Is that a tall order for a product?

Recently I stumbled across Envirohome, a brand that promises that they don't use chlorine, toluene and ammonia and safe for the whole family.

Envirohome has an online shop so it is so convenient to just click and wait for my purchases to arrive and delivery is very fast too.
My package of Envirohome Laudry Detergent 1000g (RM56) and Envirohome Body Wash 520g (RM56) safely and tightly bubble-wrapped and packed into a brown cardboard box which I received in excellent condition, of course. 
 The Body Wash.
The Laundry Detergent.
With a combination of marine extract and botanical formula, the laundry detergent leaves clothes with a clean, refreshing smell after each wash which I love. 

Most times I do my laundry at night after work, and had to hang our clothes indoors. Envirohome Laundry Detergent certainly left no odor when I left our clothes soaking overnight (sometimes a couple of nights!) or when I hang them to dry indoors.
Envirohome Laundry Detergent comes with this measuring "cup". 50ml for a full load and 25ml for handwash. The cup also easily fits on the bottle cap so I won't lose the cup after I did my laundry. ^^
50ml and I'm set to do my laundry.

The clear laundry detergent is chemical free, bubble free, fragrance free and colorant free. It is associated with only natural marine & botanical extract and is 99.9% bio-degradable, relieving the danger of bacterial infection.

Our clothes smell clean and fresh and certainly don't have any overpowering scented smell like some brands of laundry detergent. 

I have used the Envirohome Laundry Detergent since late last year, with many cycle of washes and so far am very happy with it. I may need to to restock my laundry detergent soon!

I found this youtube clip of Envirohome Laundry Detergent which I want to share here. ^^

A video is better than my long-winded blog post, right? hehehe

I'm not sure whether it is available on any supermarket shelves at the moment but one can easily purchase them online at Envirohome page.
Website : Envirohome Malaysia
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ENVIROHOME.MALAYSIA
Instagram : @envirohome

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A Kambing Golek Feast

After our trail run in Merapoh last Saturday morning (post here) and enjoyed picnic for our late lunch,  we later were treated with a feast for dinner.

Apart from our group from KL, villagers were also invited to join the dinner feast with two roasted goats (kambing golek), fried bihun, salad and drinks that flowed freely.
Preparation underway for the feast. 
Two kambing golek, that made everyone salivating over them.
Teamwork/"gotong-royong" of carving and slicing the kambing golek for everyone to enjoy. 
Devouring the meat.

It was delicious!

I eat until dunno how many times. Lucky I was still able to sleep soundly afterwards (although somehow still got wide awake at 5.45am). Hahaha

This trip was sure a nice one and the organiser was very generous. 

We got our trail run in the morning.
Picnic for lunch.
A BBQ feast at night.
A caving experience the next morning.
And another picnic for lunch.

Those who stayed until Monday even got to enjoy a trip to Kelah Sanctuary but as Hubby needed to work on Monday, we return to KL on Sunday night.

Thank you Running Project and the people of Merapoh for the hospitality.

I'll post about our caving experience to Gua Jinjang Pelamin next. ^^


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